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Sunday 11 May 2014 | Carrow Road | Referee: Lee Mason | Attendance 26,848

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  • Aaron Ramsey (53)
  • Carl Jenkinson (62)

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Norwich City's Premier League relegation was confirmed as Arsenal warmed up for the FA Cup final with a comfortable 2-0 win at Carrow Road.

Norwich were effectively relegated after Sunderland's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday but saw their drop into the Championship rubber-stamped four days later after second-half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson gave the Gunners victory.

Ramsey's goal – a stunning volley that crashed into the top-left corner – was truly special and Jack Wilshere's return from a broken foot after the hour-mark only added to Arsenal's joy.

Things were very different for Norwich, who after finishes of 12th and 11th under Chris Hughton, saw their three-year top-flight stay come to an end.

A dreadful run of form, which saw them win only three of their last 25 Barclays Premier League matches and included the sacking of Hughton, was to blame for their relegation, and the gulf in class between the two sides on Sunday was evident.

It was Arsenal's fifth league win in a row and their final fixture of the season is next Saturday's FA Cup showpiece against Hull City, as they go in search of their first trophy since winning the same competition in 2005.

Both sides started slowly in what felt like a traditional end-of-season affair, but Norwich eventually brought the contest to life through Nathan Redmond's 18th-minute effort.

Redmond cut inside from the left wing and had a fierce 25-yard effort palmed away by Lukasz Fabianski, making his first Premier League appearance of the season as manager Arsene Wenger rotated with next week's Wembley trip in mind.

Arsenal eventually found their groove but Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was in inspired form the day before the announcement of England's squad for next month's World Cup finals.

Ruddy first kept out Lukas Podolski after Olivier Giroud's clever backheel had played him in, before he denied the Frenchman with an outstanding one-on-one save.

A slick move that involved several first-time passes – reminiscent of Wilshere's famous goal in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Norwich at the Emirates Stadium in October – set up Giroud but his shot was tipped over by the excellent Ruddy after 31 minutes.

Even the forward had to applaud the stop and, after Ramsey's shot was well-blocked by Michael Turner, the goalkeeper again kept out Giroud, who this time tried a curling strike from distance.

Podolski nodded a header over six minutes after the interval but Ruddy was finally beaten with a piece of individual brilliance.

Ramsey provided it, producing an unstoppable volley from Giroud's pass that the goalkeeper could do nothing about.

And Arsenal quickly doubled their lead in the 62nd minute as defender Jenkinson was on hand to turn in Podolski's blocked shot for his first goal for Arsenal.

That saw Wenger hand Wilshere his first appearance since March while team-mate Abou Diaby and Norwich's Elliott Bennett both returned from serious knee injuries as the match petered out.

Norwich battled for a late goal, with Robert Snodgrass and Bennett both having chances saved by Fabianski, but Neil Adams' side could not find one final Premier League goal.

Norwich City interim manager Neil Adams: "I am not passing the buck but it is a 38-game season and you need to pick up as many points as you can across the season. The biggest problem has been scoring goals, it has not been good enough this season.

"The club is in good health going forward, they have cleared the debt and now the focus has to be on getting back in the Premier League.

"I don't know about my own future, I have got no indication of which way it is going to go. I will find out with everyone else."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was a great goal and a convincing win for us. We wanted to finish the job well and not concede. We have won 11 games away from home, I think it's the best in the Premier League and it was our 17th clean sheet - that is remarkable as well. We just wanted to finish the season well and we did it in a serious way so it's a good basis to prepare for the FA Cup final next Saturday.

"I'm happy for [Carl Jenkinson] because he's a remarkable player and boy as well. He could share that [goal] with our fans so it's great for him.

"Unfortunately it's the first time in the Premier League that you finish fourth with 79 points and it was very tight. I believe that Liverpool can be frustrated tonight, we can be frustrated, Chelsea can be frustrated because only one team can win it. But at the top the number of points made by all the four teams is top quality."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 5.0 4.91
23. Martin Olsson 5.0 4.54
2. Russell Martin 4.0 4.28
24. Ryan Bennett 3.0 4.06
6. Michael Turner 4.0 4.31
27. Alexander Tettey 5.0 4.72
4. Bradley Johnson 4.0 4.26
22. Nathan Redmond 5.0 5.02
7. Robert Snodgrass 6.0 5.54
8. Jonny Howson 5.0 4.85
16. Johan Elmander 5.0 4.6
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. Mark Bunn - 2.4
3. Steven Whittaker - 4.78
17. Elliott Bennett 4.0 5.85
11. Gary Hooper 7.5 4.81
31. Josh Murphy - 3.13
30. Jamar Loza 4.0 4.0
10. Leroy Fer - 4.79
Line-up All Fans BFR
21. Lukasz Fabianski 7.5 5.0
25. Carl Jenkinson 7.1 5.75
3. Bacary Sagna 7.8 6.12
28. Kieran Gibbs 6.78 6.16
6. Laurent Koscielny 7.6 6.08
7. Tomas Rosicky 6.78 6.2
8. Mikel Arteta 6.6 6.01
9. Lukas Podolski 7.33 6.65
11. Mesut Özil 7.2 7.44
16. Aaron Ramsey 8.91 7.68
12. Olivier Giroud 8.75 7.05
Substitutes All Fans BFR
1. Wojciech Szczesny 9.75 6.33
22. Yaya Sanogo 7.2 4.61
29. Kim Källström 6.75 4.86
20. Mathieu Flamini 8.25 6.22
24. Vassiriki Abou Diaby 9.2 7.71
17. Nacho Monreal 7.75 5.39
10. Jack Wilshere 7.67 6.54

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